Officials responded to two reports of vehicle theft from an auto auction store on the 3900 block of Jackson Pike.
A company representative reported that someone jumped the fence of an adjacent property on Feb. 24 and drove off in a $ 43,300 pickup truck. The vehicle was used to ram the fence at the exit. About 40 feet of fences need replacing, which costs about $ 6,000, according to the report. Part of the grille and a headlight were broken off. The vehicle was later recovered by police on the 1500 block of Metcalfe Avenue in Obetz.
The second theft occurred on February 20th. A man who was delivering a truck for a Merrillville, Indiana company said he unloaded the vehicle outside the gates of the auto auction site at around 8:40 p.m. on February 20. Someone pulled out the $ 9,000 vehicle before it could be brought onto the property.
In other recent Grove City police reports:
• A resident of the 2900 block on Ashton Row West reported on February 26 that her car was wrecked overnight. The woman said the driver and passenger doors, left headlight, and hood were scratched and caused $ 1,500 in damage.
• A resident of the 1500 block of Borror Road informed police on February 26th that a check he had written to a roofing company from his business account had been fraudulently cashed. The man said he wrote the check for $ 2,400 and put it in the mailbox at his home on Jan. 27. When he called the roofing company, they said they hadn’t received the check. The victim checked a banking app and discovered a withdrawal for $ 7,400. His bank was able to get a copy of the scanned check, and when the victim looked at him, he found it was the original check. The recipient’s name was changed by the roofing company to a person’s name and the amount changed from $ 2,400 to $ 7,400. Officials discovered that there were several people in the Central Ohio area with their names on the counterfeit check, so no specific suspect was identified at the time of the report.
• The driver of a pickup truck that hit a guardrail fled the scene on February 26, and the truck was found to be a stolen vehicle. The officers were dropped off at 10:50 p.m. on February 26 after reports that a pickup truck hit the guardrail in the Stringtown Road area off Interstate 71. The officers were unable to locate the vehicle or contact the registered owner at the time.
The owner was contacted on February 27th. He told police that he parked his vehicle in a retail parking lot on the 1600 block of Stringtown Road at around 6 p.m. on February 26. He said he went to Kentucky with a nephew and was spending the weekend. The man said he had his truck keys with him but left a replacement kit in the vehicle.
The truck was registered as a stolen vehicle.
• A resident on the 2,600 block of Hoover Crossing Court said $ 1,000 police toys were stolen from his porch on February 23.
The man said he contacted a woman on Facebook and agreed to sell her the toys, which were all part of the Thomas the Tank Engine Trainmaster series. He had the woman pick up the toys and leave the money behind.
He said he put the toys in two plastic bags and left them on his porch. At around 12:12 p.m. on February 23, a man-driven car pulled up in front of his home. A woman got out of the car, picked up the toys, and put something in the victim’s mailbox. The victim said he found a scratched-off lottery ticket in his mailbox, but no money.
• A Grove City woman told police that on February 18, three tires were slashed and three windows on her car were broken while it was parked in a shop on Old Stringtown Road.
She said a similar incident occurred with her other vehicle on Feb.4 at the same location.
The woman said she believed a relative may have destroyed their vehicles in retaliation for an earlier incident that led to criminal charges against them.
• A resident of the 4,500 block on Hirth Hill Road East reported on February 17 that three checks he had mailed on January 26 had apparently been stolen from his mailbox.
The man said he was informed on February 15 by one of the designated check recipients that his payment was overdue. When he checked his account, he found that two of the checks had not yet been posted to his account and one had been fraudulently cashed.
The third check was originally made out to an insurance company for $ 714. It was deposited at an ATM in St. Paul, Minnesota. The copy of the check showed that the amount had been changed to $ 7,950 and that a person’s name had been given as the recipient instead of the insurance company.
• A couple in Dallas, Texas, told police that on February 12, several items were stolen from their car while they were having breakfast in a restaurant on Marlane Drive. Items stolen included a tablet computer, hotspot device, headphones, laptop, and prescription sunglasses. A window on the car was broken to gain entry.